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Friday, 30 April 2021
Dear Friends

It was a great joy to be able to join with you all as public worship resumed once more at St Mary’s on Easter Sunday morning. As ever, we were deeply indebted to our Churchwardens for their impeccable advance planning and organization, which ensured that the service could be socially distanced as required and yet audible to those in the parish rooms as well as those who patiently sat outside in the churchyard! Despite the necessary restrictions, it was a truly uplifting occasion and thanks must be extended to all who helped to make it so special — particularly to Mary Monnington and her team for the beautiful flower arrangements, our Director of Music for planning the music so thoughtfully, the choir, who were in fine voice, and Fr Roger for an inspiring and thought-provoking sermon. For Margaret and myself it was, of course, a particularly poignant occasion as we had to say ‘goodbye’ to you all, but, again, we were so thankful for the excellent tribute from Mike Allisstone, which was perceptive as well as kindly, and offered a perfect balance of humour and seriousness! And, we need hardly add that we were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the presentations — the beautiful colour wash (a kind of watercolour) of the church, which will be given pride of place in our new home in Chichester, the wonderful photobook, compiled by Lesley Bromley. containing so many precious memories of our happy times here in Sidlesham, the cards, flowers and far-too-generous cheque (which we hope to use for a holiday once such ventures are again permittedl). Thank you all so much — you will always be in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish you God speed for all that the next chapter here at Sidlesham will bring.

Fr Stephen

Service Times

First Sunday in the Month:
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Matins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Variations can be found in the Parish Magazine or the Calendar at the bottom of this page.

Useful links


Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:


  1. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  2. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  3. Prayer for today.
  4. The C of E youtube channel.
  5. Hearing You is a new phone help line launched by the Diocese of Chichester in partnership with Together in Sussex in response to the impact that Covid 19 has had on Just about the whole community. It aims to provide pastoral support and a listening ear to the recently bereaved and people directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  6. COVID-19 advice from the Diocese of Chichester here.

Please note that St Mary's are not responsible for the contents of external links

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